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The 2014 Industrial Distribution Big 50 List

September 9, 2014 4:26 pm | by Industrial Distribution Staff | News | Comments

This list reviews the 2013 fiscal year sales results for the companies represented and, for many, sales were relatively flat. Some notable companies even went backwards in 2013, and its no surprise based on variables like confusing regulations, unemployment, and the October government shutdown. With the right tools and resources, some of these companies will have every opportunity to achieve lift-off.

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DNV GL's Short Sea Ship: The Rise Of Sea Drones?

September 12, 2014 4:59 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

DNV GL's unveiling of its concept for a unmanned, battery-powered short sea vessel opens the door for shipping in the form of sea drones.                                 

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New Member Elected To NSC Board Of Directors

September 12, 2014 2:35 pm | by National Safety Council | News | Comments

Philip K. Asherman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Bridge and Iron Company (CB&I), is accepting a two-year term.                                 

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U.S. Import, Export Prices Fall In August

September 12, 2014 1:10 pm | by U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

Both the August and July drops in overall import prices were driven by lower fuel prices.                                              

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NetPlus Alliance Adds Two New Suppliers

September 12, 2014 11:40 am | by NetPlus Alliance | News | Comments

Croc Blog and Maxxeon Inc. join the buying group's industrial and contractor supplies distributors.                                           

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U.S. Retail Sales Rise In August On Strength Of Auto

September 12, 2014 9:48 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Motor vehicles accounted for roughly half of the August increase. Buying also picked up at restaurants and for furniture, electronics, sporting goods and building materials.                      

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DAQRI Unveils 4D Smart Helmet For Industrial Workforce

September 11, 2014 11:04 am | by DAQRI | Product Releases | Comments

The new hardware will provide cost savings, higher productivity, and unprecedented efficiencies.

AutoCrib Unveils Three New Industrial Vending Solutions At IMTS

September 11, 2014 10:35 am | by AutoCrib, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative machines will enable customers greater flexibility in dispensing products, economizing shop floor space, and protecting assets.

United Stationers Expands Into Auto Aftermarket With Latest Acquisition

September 11, 2014 9:09 am | by United Stationers | News | Comments

United Stationers Supply Co has signed an agreement to acquire MEDCO, a United States wholesaler of automotive aftermarket tools and supplies, and its affiliates.                         

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U.S. Cutting Tool Consumption Down In July

September 10, 2014 3:03 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

The total was down 1.1 percent from June’s total but up 1.5 percent from July 2013.                                               

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10 Low-Tech Ideas To Protect High-Tech Secrets

September 10, 2014 2:27 pm | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C., in Chicago | Articles | Comments

A few practical low-tech steps can significantly improve the chances of distributors protecting their business secrets or other valuable confidential information.                         

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NSC Announces 2014 Class Of Rising Stars Of Safety

September 10, 2014 2:01 pm | by National Safety Council | News | Comments

Honorees will be recognized at the 2014 NSC Congress & Expo on Sept. 16 in San Diego.                                              

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U.S. Wholesale Sales Rise 0.7 Percent, Stockpiles Up 0.1

September 10, 2014 1:21 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Wholesaler's revenue increase of 0.4 percent from June matched the gain from this past May, while the inventory increase was the smallest gain since July 2013.                         

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U.S. Industry Pay Hikes Have Been Minimal Since Recession

September 10, 2014 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Just why pay has been so weak and when it might strengthen are key issues for the Federal Reserve in deciding when to raise interest rates.                               

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MC Machinery To Debut Latest In Fiber Lasers, Large Press Brake At FABTECH

September 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by MC Machinery Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Highlights of the MC Machinery booth #B-1925will be the new NXF-4000 fiber laser, the eX CO2 laser, and several large-bed press brakes.

LED Tube Light

September 10, 2014 11:44 am | by OEO Energy Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

The OEO “EZ Led Tube” is a direct-replacement LED tube light for legacy fluorescent bulbs.

MEGA Puncture Resistant Insole

September 10, 2014 11:37 am | by MEGAComfort | Product Releases | Comments

The Insole is ideal for contractors, construction and renovation environments where protection from sharp objects such as shards of glass, metal, and nails is important.

SKF Strengthens Service Capabilities Through Two Acquisitions

September 10, 2014 9:48 am | by SKF | News | Comments

SKF, a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, and lubrication systems, recently acquired GLOi and Hofmann Engineering North America to boost its service capabilities.                   

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Short-Term Energy Outlook

September 10, 2014 9:26 am | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

U.S. regular gasoline prices in August were 12 cents below the July average and are projected to decline to an average of $3.18 per gallon in December.                           

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Ingersoll Rand Wins 2013 North America Supplier Of The Year From Nestlé

September 9, 2014 3:25 pm | by Ingersoll Rand | News | Comments

The Ingersoll Rand Compressed Air Systems and Services team has helped Nestlé reduce costs, increase productivity, and understand their energy issues.                             

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Border States Electric Acquires Western Extralite

September 9, 2014 3:19 pm | by Border States | News | Comments

Border States Electric announced they have agreed to purchase the electrical wholesale supply leader, which will join the company on Oct. 1.                               

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